The First Noel

Non-Helicopter Parents

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." (Proverbs 22:6 NIV 2011)Mary and Joseph were the antithesis of helicopter parents. Wikipedia defines a helicopter parent as one "who pays extremely close attention...

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A Hole in My Heart

My older brother and I shared a common bit of philosophy. We agreed that any years granted us beyond a certain given age would simply be icing on the cake, and death at any point thereafter should not be viewed as a great tragedy. We felt that our life up to that...

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Heat Wave

What a stunning reversal in normal summer weather patterns took place in late June, 2021! Rather than shivering and trying to keep dry on a typical camping trip, everyone in the USA Pacific Northwest was desperately trying to cope with the record-shattering 116°F...

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In Jubilant Style

To be born Welsh is to be born with music in your blood and poetry in your soul. – Welsh proverbWelsh men's choirs are world-renowned and have become the most treasured and remarkable feature of Wales. Hymn singing there was closely tied with the Welsh Methodist...

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Dirty Laundry

"Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." (Psalm 51:7 NIV)Back in the day, a housewife doing her weekly laundry the good old-fashioned way knew when her clothes were clean. Through various iterations of laundry methods...

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